Mid Oct update

For those who have been following me they know I have restarted my training. Here is an update of what I done so far:

On Friday, I talked to my former swim coach Dave! I give him an update on what is going on and he did the same.  Then we just talk swimming.  It is great to pick his brain. We spent around 5 minutes just talking about elbow position during the last part freestyle pull.

  • Saturday and Sunday will depend on the weather and what time I get back from one of my part time jobs. As I am working at two different races. One of the might be a rest day but we will see what happens.

That is all for now. Thank you for reading. Oh ya I will be posting a youtube video too soon.

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Starting training up again

Hello all,

I know tri season is over here and most folks are getting ready for 2015 where I live in the Northeast USA. I started up already but last week I did not do much.  So I am going to restart my training.  This year I am going for a few more races and also trying to get into better shape. Also try to balance out my workouts instead of being lopsided to be a more well rounded athlete.

For running and biking I will be trying to improve my level of fitness. For swimming I be trying to improve.  I also be using my Garmin Fenix2 for run intervals and bike intervals with the Edge810. I will program them by using Garmin Connect feature.  Shown here

For swim I will just use the big clock at the end of the pool and work my way with it. Also use some of Dave practices that I enjoy. If I can get a solid full time job and in the area I want to live. But I will focus on those two parts later on.

Right now I have a few races I am eyeing depending on my job situation.

2015 Possible Races

  • Cornwall Tri
  • Great Lakes100 Mile Tri
  • Incredoubleman Triathlon
  • Betsy Owens Memorial Swim 2 mile cable swim

I will be updating my races page with events the more I do.   Thank you for reading my blog and here to a better 2015!

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Great to find new Strava Segments

I looked the other day and notice two bike Strava Segments.  One of them I can do often as it is not too bad. The other has a left turn and a stop sign.  I did both of them yesterday and did alright. I might flag that segment because of a stop sign. Even thou it is in the entrance of a park. I still believe in stopping completely for a stop signs. Better to go into the good habits then a bad one that can cause problems. I rode my bike only 8.88 miles. As both of my tires was not at my PSI that I wanted them. As my sister took the airpump with her for her trip.  I will run later today and see how I feel. Since I got my watch is back!  Happy training everyone.

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new watch brakes

I was not planning on writing about this but it happened.  I was helping my neighbors on Labor Day and I looked and saw my watch was broken.  As the watch fell off. The band is fine but the two plastic pieces connecting the band to the watch broke.

I still do not understand how it broke like this. I have put in a ticket with them and hope for a fix soon. I am not happy about it.

update:

The watch is back at Garmin..  I am getting a replacement.  Hopefully I get it soon.

Update

I got the replacement watch and they just ship me everything. So now I got 2 of everything (minus HRM monitor).  Not too bad and I am happy to get it.  I will be running later today to try to get into running shape.

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Cornwall Tri 2014

After looking at a few other blogs. I figure I will add to this section at the end. I was hoping to do this sooner but had to catch up on a few items when I got back from the trip. Also had to research a few things too as an interview came up. Overall it was a great learning experience doing the Olympic distance. Lets break it down by each of the three sports (swim, bike, and run) for the goals that was posted before the the trip up North. All images was posted I am using I got for free as part of being in the tri (hence why I love supporting local races) and of my family took.

Swim 1500 Meters

I picked up the rental suit with my sister and drove up with 3 days before the race and pick up some of packet items. Two days before, the race I tested out the wetsuit for the first time. I went with a sleeveless wet suit the water temps. It rained on the way up so I know the water temp was a bit cooler then what it will be on race day.  After splashing around and getting use to how it feels.  I went back and relaxed and let the suit dry off before the tri. 

getting used to the water

getting used to the water (warmer then Friday swim)

On Sunday race day, I got to the race early and set up my transition area. Had no trouble finding the bike rack spot for me as it was 2nd to the right row towards the back near the bike exit and run exit. I put on my wet suit on and jump in the water and did a small swim to warm up and see how the suit is fitting. The suit was a bit long so I had to roll up a bit of the legs.

Can you spot me?

Can you spot me? Look at the right side.

Start of the race

Start of the race

When it was time to line up for the deep water start. I lined up on the outside portion but on the front. I started and I was holding a happy pace with my arms and a very little kicking. The whole time I was on the outside portion of the course. I ended up doing a bit more distance because of this. After the first lap I started to feel more warm up. During the first section of the first lap one leg roll of the wetsuit came undone. I figured the second third of the lap I kicked it up a notch. I finished the swim with T1 included 44th overall out of 127 that showed up at the event.  Seventeen did not show up and one did not finish.  The time for the swim including T1 was 30:38.  When I got out of the water it was around 26 minutes. Blasting away both my reach (30 minutes) and realistic goals (40 minutes). So I am pretty happy about that.

Swim done, now onto the bike part

Swim done, now onto the bike part

First Transition or T1

After the swim there a walk up a padded mats (covering rocks) up a hill then was a 200 meter run to T1 on a grassy field. On this run the wet suit strippers. I had most of my suit off by the time I hit up the strippers. There was no true T1 timing so but if you take 30:38 and subtract 26 minutes. You get roughly 4 minutes which is faster then my realistic goal of 10 minutes and just short of my reach goal of 3 minutes. I am happy with that as I walked a bit to try to get my heart rate down before jumping on the bike.

Bike 40 Kilometers (4 loops of 10K each)

Now onto the bike portion The day before the tri I took out my bike and made sure it was smooth shifting and got the proper air pressure on both tires. Also put in enough air pressure on my sister bike as well. When I did the course preview with my sister. I had an idea where on the laps I wanted to eat/drink. I do not have the Virb on the bike so no video. There was even one section where your speed was posted too bad it was KPH. Lucky for me in a way I kept my Garmin Edge on the bike so I can use it.

IMG_2564For this portion I just tried to keep my pace even. Looking at the data, my average speeds was the following 16.9 MPH, 17.0 MPH, 16.2 MPH, and 16.8MPH. Overall I am happy with times for each lap. I did not try to gun it but keep it steady. For the mini climbs just try to keep my cadence at a good rate.

2nd Lap fastest... opps

2nd Lap fastest and 3rd lap slowest opps

I think the bike portion also included part of T2 with it.  My time was 01:30:25, which was inside my realistic goal of 1 hour and 35 minutes.  But not close enough to my reach goal of 1 hour and 10 minutes. I think I can improve on this more.

Second Transition or T2

There is no time on the webpage that has the results. So no idea if I was within my 5 minute realistic goal or 3 minutes reach goal.

on the way to the run

on the way to the run

Run 10KM

I got out of the transition area and started to jog.  I had to slow down as my right leg was in a bit pain. Sadly I ended up walking around 4KM. Then jogged the last 6. The aid stations was helpful but there was one section which did not have much shade so I was hot. The course was on a river trail that is paved. It goes with the river so lots of ups and downs. The day before I biked part of the path I be running on at Grey’s Creek Conservation area, to see the turn around. My time was 1:31:01 for the run part which was just outside my realistic of 1 hour and 30 minutes and way outside my reach goal of 1 hour.

made it

made it

I also had two other goals have fun (1) and (2) stay injury free. I had fun and enjoy the race. I will do it again next year for sure. For the injury free, i did hurt my leg (still do not know how) but it is better now. So I am okay with it. I also was surprise that I did not see my sister on the bike or run part of the course as the start times of our events was different.

Now onto the new sections (what I learned, things I can improve on, and what I did well).

What I have learned:

  • I do not need to take as much food/drinks as I planned on (better then not having enough)
  • Sometimes it might be better to get more contact in swimming if it means less distance.

Things I could improve on:

  • Faster transitions (I took my time so I know I could go faster. I know i will get it better the more I do it)
  • One thing is make sure i hit the right button on my watch.  As I did not hit it and it was all under swim data opps.  Speaking of which here map of the whole tri from Fenix2 data

Map of Whole tri

Map of Whole tri

What I did well:

  • Keeping up the speed and not trying to over do it. As this is a big difference from the smaller races I have done.
  • Enjoying the course the whole time while staying focus (no day dreaming)

That is it, thank you for reading and have a great day.

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Cornwall Tri Goals 2014

The Cornwall Tri is this weekend and I am getting pumped and nervous for it to be honest. Looking forward to wearing the Team BBC Volver Top during the bike and run part. As I mention before or I think I mention before, I am doing the Olympic distance and my sister is going to do the Sprint distance. As I am writing the goals out, I have a few things I still want to do before my travel up for the tri.  Like if I should wear a full sleeve wet suit or sleeveless or no wetsuit. Which shoes will I be using. Reread the Adult Event Information Guide and so much more. So before I do my goals which will be in two sections (realistic and reach). Am I ready for this tri?  Kind of, some days I think I will do well and other days I am not really sure.  I have not done a Sprint Tri in a long time. I went big or went home when I sign up for this course.  I have a few goals which are to have fun (1) and (2) stay injury free. Now lets go with the goals for each section of the race.

Swim 1500 Meters

http://cornwalltriathlon.com/Gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=11632&g2_serialNumber=1

This is the first time I will be swimming in open water with everyone so close by.  This is also the first time of me using a wet suit which will help me. Looking back at my pool data, I can swim a mile under 30 minutes but that is dealing with walls (flip turns = speed and power off walls). Also I be doing 2 loops of swim course with a deep end start (so treading water before the bell goes off to start). Right now the plan I am going to try to be on the side at first and work my way around for the swim. We see what happens. So my goals are realistic 40 minutes and reach 30 minutes.

T1

First time doing a real tri with bike racks. The other tri was indoors or did not have a bike rack.  So these times are just guesstimates. Also first time having wet suit strippers too. I will also grab a gel and maybe some sport beans with a bottle of water I have planned. So we see what happens goals are realistic 10 minutes and reach 3 minutes.

Bike 40 KM

This course is pretty flat with a few mini climbs. It is a nice 10K loop that is mostly closed to traffic. I did preview it with my sister and got a game plan on when I will be crushing it and when I be drinking water and eating. As there is no water stations. I did a test ride of around 29 miles to get an estimate of how long it will take me. With a bigger climbs, stop signs, waiting to turn left took me around 1 hour and 30 minutes. Also if the road is same shape as when I did the pre ride with my sister it be a nice smooth road.  My goals for the bike is realistic 1 hour 35 and reach 1 hour 10 minutes.

T2

Drop the bike off and grab something to eat and start running. Realistic 5 minutes and reach 3 minutes.

Run 10KM

The run course is on a path from along the river. So there is ups and downs of the course for 2/3 of the course. Then I will be running to Grey’s Creek Conservation and run back to the school. There is four different aid stations during the run course with myself being able to hit up a few of them twice. My best time for a 10K is 1 hour and 20 minutes which was back in April. That is without aid stations and me doing swimming and biking before. Saying that my goals are realistic 1 hour 30 minutes and reach 1 hour. For laughs the Garmin Fenix2 says my 10K time be 54 minutes that only having 3 runs on it so far.

Thank you for the read and looking forward to doing the race this weekend.

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Aug 5 update and Fenix 2

Its been a while since I gave an update on my training. I just been busy and have been slacking on it. Which is not good since my tri is coming up next weekend. Of which I am getting pumped for it. I have done a scout of the tri bike course with my sister and part of the run. Unfortunately the program is being an idiot as I wanted to post parts of the course video. But I do have two videos right now.  First is a video of a bike ride a few months ago or maybe a month ago.  Of me hitting my top speeds. At the time I thaught it was on a flat but I was going downhill….  bummer about that but I am happy for it. I just had my bike turn up but sadly have not ridden the bike yet (since Sunday I know I been bad). 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvI2xqyBU7s

Second video is just an update.    I will post a video of my goals coming up.  As I still have to figure out what I want to do and stuff. I can not believe how fast this summer has went. Even one of my jobs seems like yesterday I was just starting my part time teaching job and yesterday was week 15 (last class).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T44CV8MjQAc

Also I got the Garmin Fenix 2 with HRM for a great price.  I was happy with that. I am still getting used to using it.  The other day when I was swimming, I was so use of hitting just start and going but with Fenix 2, you have to hit start and then indoor pool or outdoors.  Opps so I miss half of my workout.  Oh well it just felt great to swim.  I swim with my tri suit and then ran without HRM with my sister. It was a nice easy on and easy off time of running with her.  I hope she does well and enjoys the tri that I sign her up on.

Well that is it for now.  Thank you for reading my blog and if any questions please feel free to ask or any comments. Have a great day.

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